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Friday, August 17, 2012
AVB: M'Vila and Moutinho deals unlikely

ESPN staff

Andre Villas-Boas has effectively ruled out Rennes midfielder Yann M'Vila joining Tottenham this summer, and says signing Joao Moutinho from Porto will be "very difficult".

M'Vila has been also been linked with Arsenal in recent months, but reports in France claim Spurs tabled a €15 million bid for the midfielder earlier this week. However, in light of developments over Luka Modric's prospective transfer to Real Madrid, Villas-Boas is now seeking "a more creative player".

"[M'Vila] is an interesting player, but I don't think he will join Tottenham," Villas-Boas said. "The player is a player of defensive characteristics. We had initial interest in M'Vila but we have moved on from that one and are now looking for a more creative player."

The former Porto manager, meanwhile, is still keen to bring Moutinho to White Hart Lane, but says Spurs will be priced out of a move for the Portugal international.

"It will be very difficult to sign him. I have experience of Porto and it is a club that sells good products but they are expensive," Villas-Boas said. "It has been like that with numerous amounts of players and that is why it is very difficult."

Villas-Boas also said he would take care to introduce change slowly at Tottenham, having alienated a number of players during his time in charge of Chelsea.

"There are things that need to be done but I won't promote those changes as aggressively as I did at Chelsea," Villas-Boas said. "Mainly because when you promote so much change things can go wrong.

"When things are going along smoothly, everybody is happy and you are able to progress it. When you are faced with a setback, it's the ability to bounce back that will keep you on track. Our setbacks last year at Chelsea happened after three negative results in a row, which had a tremendous impact, and when we wanted to correct things, we were always putting the fire out and never establishing what we were before. "

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